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Stool With Reddish Hue
I'm 18 and been noticing my stool is a reddish color. I have been eating a lot of chili sauce. Could it be that?
Possibly: Stool color is dominated by the contribution of bile, which goes through shades of green to yellow to brown as the material transits the system. Some colorizing agents will influence the stool color, but usually don't unless there is a rapid movement through the gut as with loose stools or diarrhea. The worrisome option would be blood and a quick stool test could confirm or exclude it as a factor. ...Read more
I've been noticing a reddish stool maybe once a month, would go away the next time I went, but recently I noticed a hot pink stool, but I feel fine?
Blood maybe, but...: The color of stool varies with food ingested (? do you favor red-colored beverages), speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications, supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, other factors. Testing seems in order, as does further evaluation if blood is indeed detected. ...Read more
? blood? Meds: Stools vary in color from yellow, to light brown, to green to dark brown. If a stool is red it may be blood or a chemical reaction to a medication you are taking. Have your doctor check for blood. ...Read more
Blood in stool: It seems that you have fresh blood from the rectal area or lower colon. Hemorrhoids are a common cause especially if your bowel movements are normal. If you have diarrhea with blood, then inflammation of the colon is more likely. Either way you should be examined by your physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
See your Dr: There can be many reasons for a red stool, some of them (like eating something red that you don't digest) benign. But the most common reason for red stool is the presence of blood, which needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
Is it normal for stools to look darker before they hit the water? I swear, mine look almost black at first. (but I also notice lots of reddish brown mucus around submerged stool so maybe that's why?)
R/O GI bleeding:
Black stools may result from eating black
licorice, lead exposure, iron pills, bismuth
(pepto-bismol), blueberries. Otherwise,
work up for gastro-intestinal bleeding ; treatment of the cause is indicated. ...Read more
Blood or diet: Blood in stool tends to "run off" into the surrounding water. Red stool from foods, e.g. Tomato skins, beets, peppers tends not to. Associated symptoms? Call md. ...Read more
Could be: You need to have your stool tested for blood. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. ...Read more
My stool is very red (twice now) but I had red velvet cookies about 6 hours ago. Is this likely the cause?
Maybe, but..: If your stool is red, it could be due to food color, however blood does this too. If there is blood on the toilet paper I would go to the ER. Otherwise if it is from the cake it should clear up in a day. The only strange thing is that the stool should not turn red 6 hours after eating the cake. That's the confusing part. Keep a close eye on it and if it persists head the ER or Urgent Care ...Read more
I recently had stool with what looked like a red thick string, is this something I should get checked out right away?
Blood in stool: Blood in a bowel movement is abnormal and in your age group a minor condition like anal fissure or hemorrhoid is a usual cause. Since you are not bleeding profusely and don't have abnormal bowel symptoms otherwise there is no urgency in being examined but you could discuss this with your physician or Gynecologist who will advise you. ...Read more
Could you name a disease that causes each type of stool? - Bright green; - Pinkish-red; - Greenish-brown. Thanks a lot!!
There are no diseases based on the color of stool. I don't know why are you asking this question and what the purpose of it
Your question does not make any medical sense ...Read more
Hello. I just came from the toilet to realise I had bright red stools. Should I be concerned? :/ this has never happened before.
Yes need workup: Various causes can lead to blood in stool - most commonly hemorrhoids, tear from straining, or acute infection. If recurrent need to rule out parasites/infection, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Will likely need to see gastroenterologist, but need more background history and symptoms - happy to consult. Advise seeing your doctor first ...Read more
My stool was a light red I don't know if it'll pass because what I ate... I ate a couple of red smoked saugages should I be worried or it'll pass?
Beet chips w/lunch yest., 1st b.m. this AM ok Except for one area on end of stool saw a pink red streak and a small area same color as chip. From chps?
Hope although brief...this is helpful!
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I saw a reddish pea sized speck in my stool. Could it be blood? It seems to be embedded in the stool. How would blood look like in stool?
Probably not: Blood in the stool would color the stool, not stand out as a 'speck'. It is more likely that you saw a piece of undigested food. ...Read more
Is a symptom that should not be ignored. Although the most "common" reason for this is bleeding hemorrhoid (s), other causes should be ruled out!
Start with your Primary Care Provider!
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more
Yes. So can bleeding: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.G rectal trauma), & worsened by your thrombocytopenia, A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus. ...Read more